Presentation of Action Track Chair, officer elections close year

Posted: December 25th, 2015 | Columns, Featured, Navajo Canyon Republican Women | No Comments

New year starts with look at voting security

By Judy McCarty

NCRWF took center stage for a time at the San Diego County Republican Women Federated Biennial Convention as member Kat Culkin joined Congressman Darryl Issa (R-49) in presenting an Action Track Chair to the Independence Fund, which works to heal severely wounded veterans. NCRWF is proud of their effort under Kat’s leadership to have raised the majority of the $20,000 needed. Several Navajo Canyon women have served on the county board for the past two years. Most notably Waskah Whelan, whose energy and enthusiasm led the group to achieve high goals.


Judge Robert Amador installs the 2016 NCRWF officers (above, l to r): Kathy Riesgo, Mary Lewis, Cathie Johns, Sally Steele, Marjie Siekerka, Glenda Boerner, Nancy Amador and Pat Boerner. (Courtesy of Judy McCarty)

Judge Robert Amador installed the newly-elected 2016 officers for NCRWF. Installed were: Sally Steele as president; Cathie Johns as first vice president for programs; Kathie Riesgo and Mary Lewis as second vice presidents for membership; Glenda Boerner as third vice president for ways and means; Gloria Harpenau as treasurer; Marjie Siekerka as recording secretary; Pat Boerner as corresponding secretary; Nancy Amador as parlimentarian; and Waskah Whelan as campaign and precinct coordinator. This past year has been very full of fun and frolic, but the new board has some great ideas. We wish them well.

A new year begins with our Jan. 13 luncheon meeting at The Brigantine. Election expert Lori Steele-Contorer, founder and CEO of Everyone Counts, will speak about security and auditability in elections. Steele-Contorer is the world’s top expert in election modernization, having led successful election administration in countries throughout the world and, closer to home, led the transition from mail voting to secure online voting for the Oscar and Emmy awards.


Everyone Counts CEO Lori Steele-Contorer (Courtesy of

She will explain the reality vs. myth of secure and auditable elections, touching on issues from the past and the imminent crisis in voting technology. Will 2016 be 2000 all over again, dividing the country over hanging chads? It doesn’t have to be. Steele-Contorer will discuss the advantages of using technology to ensure accurate, auditable elections for all eligible voters. Check-in time for the 11 a.m. meeting is 10:30 a.m. A full-course lunch will be served at noon with the speaker following at 12:45. To join us, RSVP to or call Marjie at 619-990-2791. Cost is $20 and reservations are required. Please join us!

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––Judy McCarty is publicity chairman for Navajo Canyon Republican Women Federated. Write to her at

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